WCU Certificate in Ballet

WCU Certificate in Ballet

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Study at West Chester University and perform professionally with Brandywine Ballet! This unique partnership provides the opportunity to pursue a WCU undergraduate degree while receiving advanced dance training at Brandywine Ballet's state-of-the-art facilities. Brandywine Ballet presents three performance series every year on WCU's campus. The Company's extensive repertoire includes full-length productions of The Nutcracker and Dracula, as well as repertory pieces choreographed by resident choreographers Nancy Page and Tim Early. Brandywine Ballet has earned George Balanchine Trust licensing to perform Balanchine pieces including Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Valse-Fantaisie.

To be admitted, students must apply and be accepted at West Chester University as well as audition for Brandywine Ballet. The cost of the program is $2000 for the performance season which runs September through May. Merit scholarships are available.

A minimum of 7 ballet technique classes per week are required. Two of which are the mandatory Company classes. Mandatory Rehearsals are held within the following time frames:

  • Fridays 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 12:00 noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This schedule represents a range of rehearsal times. Specific schedules for weekend rehearsals will be posted by Thursday of each week.

Dancers are required to perform in the Scheduled Performance Series.

Students are required to complete, in conjunction with their degree program, two WCU courses related to dance (see below). If these are not available, please let us know.

  • 150 Introduction to the Art of Dance (3) The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to dance as an art form as well as relate information regarding various aspects of dance. Topics include a brief history of dance, dance styles, dance in education, and dance production
  • 210 The Dancer’s Body (3) An exploration of the body systems, along with injury prevention and care, especially as it applies to the dancer. This course incorporates the physical practice of yoga, Pilates, and other mind-and-body techniques as they apply to the preparation for the physical demands of dance technique.

For more information, please call:

Brandywine Ballet Company: 610-692-6402
West Chester University Admissions Office: 610-436-3414

or visit www.wcupa.edu